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About

Nothing But Brew

O’Connor’s is the premiere brew shop in Grand Rapids, supplying the finest in home brew supplies and ingredients to the exploding GR brewing community. We’re experiencing a brew renaissance, with GR being named Beer City USA, and we want to be your first stop as you craft the next big brew.

 

The O’Connor’s Story

Ben loves beer. Allison was in need of a career change. The stars aligned and BEHOLD! O’Connor’s Home Brew Supply was born. Mixing midwest practicality with southern hospitality, Ben and Allison are the people to help new brewers get started, and provide the equipment, ingredients and know-how necessary for even experienced brewers to improve every batch.

O’Connor’s is committed to being a business that makes Grand Rapids, one of the best beer towns in the country, and even better place to enjoy the passion and lifestyle of the beer lover.

Meet Our Brew Experts

When the O’Connor’s started planning the opening of the brew shop, one of the most important things for was to hire experienced & friendly brew experts.  Brewing can be intimidating, and many new brewers get turned off by people not willing to help them through even the most basic of steps.  Luckily, Grand Rapids has a lot of really awesome home brewers, and from that group we made our O’Connor’s team.

*Ben O’Connor

Owner and Home Brew Expert(beer, wine, and cider)

Experience:   7 years

Favorite type of beer to drink: IPAs

Favorite beer to brew: anything w/ chocolate/dark/roasted malts

Biggest piece of advice: learn from your mistakes

Favorite piece of brewing equipment:  Blichmann conicals

Favorite places to drink in GRap: Rockwell’s, Brewery Vivant, anywhere outside

*Rob Qualls

General Manager (beer and cider)

Experience:  5

Favorite type of beer to drink: Pilsner

Favorite beer to brew:  Saison

Biggest piece of advice: Take time to sanitize everything that touches your beer….then repeat

Favorite piece of brewing equipment: Blichmann BrewEasy

Favorite places to drink in GRap: Logan’s Alley, Creston, The Mitten

*Andy Chambers

Home Brew Expert (beer and cider)

Experience:  5

Favorite type of beer to drink: Stouts, but it’s cyclical

Favorite beer to brew: Harvest Ale with fresh wet hops

Biggest piece of advice: If it tastes bad drink it anyway.  You won’t mess up a second time.

Favorite piece of brewing equipment: Kegs…bottling takes too long

Favorite places to drink in GRap: Brewery Vivant….also anywhere that is cheap

*Drew Thiel

Assistant Manager (beer and cider)

Experience:  4

Favorite type of beer to drink: Anything Belgian

Favorite beer to brew: Saisons 

Biggest piece of advice: Sanitize anything that touches your beer.  Infections are really difficult to get rid of.

Favorite piece of brewing equipment: stir plate and refractometer

Favorite places to drink in GRap: Brewery Vivant, Pyramid Scheme, The Winchester

Ben O'Connor

Ben O’Connor

 

Rob Qualls

Rob Qualls

Andy Chambers

Andy Chambers

Allison O'Connor

Allison O’Connor

Drew Thiel

Drew Thiel